GMW lawyers, as the Legal Expat Desk, will be attending Expatica’s I Am Not A Tourist Fair 2017. During…more
Most expats would agree that after signing that much desired contract, the next priority is finding proper housing. Finding a house or an apartment that will keep everybody happy is a tricky issue, anyway. Even more so, when one needs to view the property, negotiate and sign the lease, purchasing or building contract with very limited linguistic and legal awareness, in a foreign country. When you buy an apartment, most of the time you will become a member of the Cooperation of owners, which brings you rights and obligations as well. Likewise, renting business or production premises for exploring your business can be a headache, considering all regulations and provisions applicable. Futhermore, it can be a tough job to negotiate with a building contractor about the renovation of your new bought apartment.
Some of the most frequently asked questions on housing matters are:
- Are the terms and conditions of the lease/contract reasonable and legal?
- What is the catch in this contract?
- Who picks up the bill for renovation and maintenance costs?
- Does my landlord have access to my flat?
- What are the terms of cancellation for a lease/contract?
- The owner sells the apartment. Can I still stay in it?
- Who pays the city council tax?
- What to do when the lessor is unwilling to co-operate?
- Is subletting legal/possible?
- Who is responsible for hidden defects in the property?
- Is it possible to cancel a purchase agreement?
- What is the penalty for cancelling the contract?
- Who is responsible for the defects after the realisation of an apartment?
- Can I postpone may payments to the building contractor?
To prevent later complications, it is advisable to consult a LED lawyer from GMW advocaten.